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Before Football Rivalry, Cy-Hawk Series was 'Hancher vs. Hilton'


The Iowa and Iowa State football rivalry as we know it today only dates back to 1977, but even during the years when the Cyclones never played the Hawkeyes, there was a rivalry between the two schools. And the sports rivalry may pale in comparison to a conflict when Virgil Hancher was the president of the University of Iowa and James Hilton was the President of Iowa State University.  Matt Kuhns has written about those years in the new book Hancher vs. Hilton: Iowa’s Rival University Presidents.

In this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Kuhns about the schools fighting for resources and how Iowa eventually came to the three public universities as they stand today.

Hear the conversation with J.J. Kapur

In the last portion of the program, Charity talks with West Des Moines high school senior Jeevanjot "J.J." Kapur about growing up in the Sikh faith in Iowa.  Kapur will be receiving the ACLU of Iowa's Mannheimer Youth Award later this month.  Two years ago, he founded the Iowa Sikh Turbanators, which is a youth service group.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer